Founded in 1997 by the acclaimed Canadian choreographer, dancer and teacher to support the continued creation and preservation of his repertoire, David Earle’s company serves as a forum for artists whose concern is the expression of humanity in dance.
Dancetheatre David Earle (DtDE) gave its first performance, with the Penderecki String Quartet, at the Elora Music Festival in 1997. Along with David’s vast historical repertoire, DtDE has presented 58 new works as part of 120 public performances, including commissions from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Tactus, NUMUS (Kitchener-Waterloo), Waterloo Dance Frontier, the Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Gryphon Trio.
Since moving to Guelph in 2001, DtDE has performed in a variety of local venues including the River Run Centre, Guelph Youth Music Centre, St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, Elora Centre for the Arts, King Street Theatre Centre and the University of Waterloo Humanities Theatre, and in Toronto. Regionally, Soundstreams Canada and Rosedale Concerts in Toronto and the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound have brought these opportunities to a wider audience. Nationally, the company has performed in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston, and Quebec City and regularly visits these centres for ongoing teaching opportunities. Internationally, the company has performed on numerous occasions in the Burgundy region of France.
teaching and mentorship
In 2001, to support its commitment to developing the next generation of artists, Dancetheatre David Earle established studios in Guelph, Ontario, to provide consistent and ongoing opportunities for professional level dance studies, as well as offering the wider creative community a range of classes to open and strengthen both body and spirit. DtDE offers technique classes to professional and pre-professional dancers, and to adult beginners.
Through Graham-based modern dance classes at all levels, DtDE has established a program that encompasses all the core elements of professional level training. Classes are led by highly qualified instructors, who are well respected as teachers and performing modern dance artists.
Dancetheatre David Earle also offers masterclasses and guest artist workshops at a range of other dance venues - often in conjunction with universities and colleges - locally, nationally, and internationally.